Wright Square, Savannah 1995
35mm Film photograph
Sunday of a 1995 visit to Savannah, on my walk to the early
service at Christ Church, I took a poignant photograph of a
homeless couple comforting each other as they occupied a park
bench in Wright Square. Their grooming and clothing belied
living in the streets. If ever an image conveyed the sense
of all conquering love, this was it.
I revisited that scene to find her seated on the same bench,
but alone, for he had passed away. Her name was Julia, and
his, Frank. She was delighted to receive a copy of their
portrait, remembering him as her "English Count." I could
barely contain my emotions and was soon giving thanks in the
still quiet of Christ Church sanctuary.
Such events are rare in my photographic life. Catching people
unawares requires a light and respectful touch and I prefer to
pass without notice in my public quest for archetype, humor
and irony. The exception here was the need of a model release
for the annual Gordon Parks Photography Competition. My usual
good fortune fulfilled the promise of 500 road miles from and
to Atlanta, but honor for that picture would have to wait.